Awards and competitions

Enter the Social Prescribing Network Awards 2021

The Social Prescribing Network awards are returning for a second year, hosted by the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine. The 10 awards recognise the wealth of innovative social prescribing projects and schemes running throughout the UK and internationally and are open to everyone involved in social prescribing.

The deadline for the awards is 25 January and they will be presented at the 3rd International Social Prescribing Network conference in March.

Find out more.

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 – deadline 26 August 2020

This major award offers five early-career UK-based artists and makers the opportunity to develop and present ambitious new works on a supported, high-profile national platform. It seeks to raise the profile and visibility of making processes within the visual arts and create a space for critical dialogue between the craft and visual arts sectors.

Further information and application details can be found here.  

Call for entries for Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022 – deadline 20 July 2020

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022 present an opportunity for UK-based moving-image artists in the first five years of developing their professional practice. Jerwood Arts and Film and Video Umbrella invite early-career artists to make proposals for ambitious new works in any form of the moving-image.

Art Therapy New Practitioner & Early Career Researcher Prizes 2020-2022 – deadline 31 January 2021

The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape (IJAT) has announced the addition of an Early Career Researcher Prize to run alongside the New Practitioner Prize. These biennial Prizes are awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Routledge Publishers. The aim of the competitions is to celebrate valuable and innovative work produced by trainees, newly qualified practitioners and early career researchers and to encourage future authors of original art therapy literature.

Grain open call for bursary applications – deadline 15 June 2020

As part of its online programme, Grain is offering a number of bursaries aimed at exploring, responding to and documenting current events. The bursaries will support photographers and writers to make new work in isolation (at a social distance), reflecting on these times and contributing to creativity and wellbeing.  Outcomes will be shared with audiences via Grain’s digital platforms.

Further information about the bursaries can be found here.

SANE Creative Awards Scheme – deadline extended to 17 July 2020

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme offers up to £300 to people with mental health conditions and their carers to help develop their creative potential. SANE is accepting applications for the visual arts, this includes all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital art. The awards might help meet the costs of materials or short courses.

The closing date for this round of awards has been extended to 17 July.

Further information and application forms can be found here.

Enter The Great Pottery Throw Down – deadline 3 May 2020

The Great Pottery Throw Down is returning and Love Productions are now looking for talented potters to apply to take part.
The team behind the show is closely observing government guidelines and will be filming the next series when the Covid-19 situation has improved and it is safe to do so. Application does not involve asking potential potters or any of the production team to travel.
Home potters over the age of 18 can apply here.

Applications are now open for the Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund! Deadline 1 August

As part of Hackney Council's culture strategy, they've set up a £300,000 fund to commission community arts projects that bring residents, businesses, and visitors to Shoreditch and Hoxton together.

They are aiming to fund projects in the Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward until 2022 - the first round of applications closes on Thursday 1 August. Projects must be match-funded through cash or resources, based around high quality physical or digital events or performances, and be co-created with the community. 

Wellcome Trust engagement fellowships – deadline 7 February 2019

Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.

The fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including (but not limited to):

Spirit of 2012 Music Challenge Fund winners

The Music Challenge Fund supports initiatives that bring disabled and non-disabled people together as equals through music to forge new social connections and improve their wellbeing


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